This week's throwback Thursday again takes us back ten years, with a post from 16 September 2007.
Isn’t it strange. For most of the summer the weather has been cooler, wetter and windier than one would expect, albeit with fewer attendant thunderstorms. Now that September is well and truly with us, the sky has cleared, the temperatures are pleasant and the sun is out. We are not complaining, except inasmuch as the population of small insects like midges or similar is eating us alive! For the first time I can remember I am using Autan spray!
Autumn is definitely on is way. Nuts are falling from the nut trees (whoda thought?), acorns are dropping from the oak trees and conkers are everywhere. What a pity no-one plays with them any more. There is also a flood of wild blackberries and other soft fruits. Autumn also brings spectacular sunsets.
This image was taken with my little snapshot camera (no camera tricks and no editing on the PC apart from a bit of cropping) at 7:21pm on Tuesday. What you see here is exactly what we saw from the decking.
This weather is allowing work to continue – the grass has never looked so good, and we have found, now that its length is under better control, we can use the catching bag properly. That means no clippings cluttering the area, but loads of stuff that will rot down nicely. To help out with that, we are setting up a proper drop area. Initially we cleared some space for maintenance of the old oak tree.
Having done that, stage two was to set up a bit of a ramp, to make it easier to discharge the bag. Although it holds 250 litres, it still needs emptying four or five times each session, and this is easier if it isn’t necessary to try to reverse up what has already been discharged. The residual moisture in the grass means loads of wheel spin. There is enough excitement with the “armfuls of understeer” we encounter when trying to make a tight turn on the slope during the cutting! We have produced a prototype ramp, and a more sophisticated version is already on the drawing board. This will ultimately give us a large compost heap in the bottom corner of the land.
As soon as I started to prepare my veggie plot, Flash decided he had found a new toilet area. We have revised that decision for him by fencing off that section of land – all very makeshift as we needed to do it with existing materials. It isn’t pretty, but it is effective. The ‘gate’ is just an old mesh door lying on its side, ‘secured’ by draping some wire over it. 14 years’ experience have taught us that Flash is incredibly stupid. He has no idea that he can easily jump an 18″ obstruction, although if he is chasing a cat he will just barge through it. He managed to splat himself against the main gate during the week. There was a kitten outside the gate. It turned and ran, and Flash gave chase. He didn’t see the gate in front of him and simply ran straight into it. It has been there for months and is always closed. He knows this, but when he switched on the part of his brain that chases moving things, he switched off the part of his brain that processes visual input of non-moving things. As I said, he is incredibly stupid.
We have also made a couple of changes at the entrance. The area adjacent to Pierre’s woodshed where the larger plough was is now emptied and will be a standing for my MX-5 when it isn’t in the garage. We have also moved the smaller plough. The two are now together against the fence next to the steps down to the piggeries and garden. See picture.
What else has happened this week? Oh yes – the bill for the annual land tax (taxe foncière) has arrived. Unfortunately it has to be paid in one go – no monthly instalment plan available, so that will take up a major chunk of next month’s income. The other property tax, the taxe d’habitation, hasn’t arrived yet. I hope it is a lot smaller than the taxe foncière.
Apart from that, a pleasantly quiet time.